Bomb victim ‘always first to volunteer’

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The youngest soldier to die in the Warrior vehicle has been described by his Army friends as someone who never moaned about anything and who was always the first to volunteer.

Rugby League fan Private Christopher Kershaw, from Bradford, had already told his company commander about his leadership ambitions despite only being 19.

Major Edward Colver said: “He showed immediate promise and regularly briefed me on his ambition to be a Section Commander and desire to complete a Junior Non-Commissioned Officers Cadre as soon as possible. This typified his approach to military life: outgoing and aspiring.”

The officer said: “I got the feeling he would have stopped at nothing to get where he wanted to be. Never shy of doing the hard yards and always willing to take on extra responsibility, he quickly became a valuable member of the team.”

Pte Kershaw joined 3 Yorks in September last year. He was a skilled light machine gunner.

Company Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class 2 Eric Whitehouse, said: “He was mature beyond his years, and it was possible to see in him true leadership potential. He was an exceptional Warrior driver and an all-round quality soldier, who enjoyed what he did.”

L/Cpl Lee Marshall said: “You were an outstanding friend with lots of potential of being a leader of men. You were loved and you will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Tributes were also paid to Pte Kershaw by his old school, Hanson School, in Bradford.

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